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In The Creed, Luke Timothy Johnson, a New Testament scholar and Catholic theologian, clarifies the history of the creed, discussing its evolution from the first decades of the Christian Church to its significance in the present day.
During services in Christian communities, the members of the congregation stand together to recite the creed, professing in unison the beliefs they share. For most Christians, the creed functions as a sort of “ABC” of what it means to be a Christian and to be part of a worldwide movement. Few people, however, know the source of this litany of beliefs, a topic that is further confused by the fact that there are two different versions: the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. In The Creed, Johnson identifies the origin of this statement of belief, clarifies these differences between existing creeds, and ultimately places this centuries' old prayer in a present-day context.
By connecting the deep theological conflicts of the early Church with the conflicts and questions facing Christians today, Johnson shows that faith is a dynamic process, not based on a static set of rules. Written in a clear, erudite style and supported by substantive research, The Creed is for all those interested in the core basics of Christianity and this assertion of belief.
"Johnson, a former Benedictine monk and now a professor of New Testament at Emory University, is the author of two previous books on Jesus, as well as two entries in the Anchor Bible Commentaries series. As such, he is eminently qualified to write this full, careful, word-by-word exposition of the credal statements of Christianity. Johnson is a thoughtful writer, and his expository prose has clarity and force...his eloquent book makes a powerful case for his views. Highly recommended."